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March 11, 2019

Roberts to Host Symposium on Creating Theatre

Daylong lecture series will feature keynote speaker from Audible’s New Play Development Program

Roberts Wesleyan College will host its second biannual Carolyn Bowman Theatre Symposium on Friday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Howard Stowe Cultural Life Center on campus. The symposium will focus on the creation and ideation of performance art, from building a business plan and setting goals to creating, writing and promoting a show.

The sessions and workshops are ideal for students and professionals who are interested in founding a company, writing or composing material, promoting themselves as performers, working for a startup organization, understanding more about how the performing arts business works and supporting the industry in the future. 

The symposium will feature several local and national industry professionals as speakers and panelists throughout the day, including:

  • Kate Navin, theater producer at Audible
  • Kelundra Smith, co-chair of American Theatre Critics Association’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • Megan Colombo, marketing and outreach manager at Blackfriars Theatre
  • Jodi Beckwith and Allison Roberts, co-founders of Impact Interactive
  • Lindsay Warren Baker, freelance theatre artist
  • Virginia Monte, artistic director of WallByrd Theatre Co.
  • Amanda Jacobs, PhD, freelance theatre artist
  • Correna Keatley, publicity coordinator for Rochester Broadway Theatre League
  • Jess Meyers-Crosby, artistic director of Grey Noise Theatre Co.
  • Dawn Kellogg, communications manager at Geva Theatre Center
  • Megan Mack and BJ Scanlon, comedians and educators
  • Stephanie Paredes and Annette Ramos, co-founders of Rochester Latino Theatre Company
  • Nathan Stenberg, performance artist and disability advocate

"We are delighted that our keynote speaker, Kate Navin, will be joining us from Audible, the world's largest producer of downloadable audiobooks," said Dr. Daniel Barta, chair of the department of music and performing arts at Roberts Wesleyan College. "As head of new theatre initiatives for Audible, Kate's background in developing theatrical works and bringing them to life through both audio and onstage is the ideal example of innovative creation that participants will learn about at this year's symposium."

Tickets for the symposium are $25 per person and registration is required in advance. Groups of 10 or more receive a rate of $15 per person. The Carolyn Bowman Theatre Symposium is made possible by a gift to the college.

For more information on the event, to view the event schedule or to register for the symposium, click here.

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